AP report on ‘at best misleading’ payday loan program
Cardinal Dolan wrote that the PPP “was designed to help employers keep paying [sic] employees when the economy stalled in response to the coronavirus, ”in order to keep people employed.
“Religious institutions have been invited and allowed to participate because they employ a large number of people across the country,” he added.
“Here in the Archdiocese of New York, if you combine the number of full-time employees in our parishes, schools, agencies, and central government, there would be 6,000 full-time employees and 4,000 part-time employees. Without the help of the PPP, many of our employers would have had no choice but to lay off their employees, reducing the church’s ability to help those in need and forcing our people to seek unemployment.
Without the receipt of PPP funds, “the secretary of your ward or the teachers at your child’s Catholic school, for example, could easily have lost their jobs,” the cardinal wrote. “So the money did not go to ‘the archdiocese’ but to our workers.”
For Cardinal Dolan, a second problem with the PA article is its attempt “to make some sort of connection between the sexual abuse crisis that has haunted the Church and the assistance of the Paycheck Protection Plan.”
He said the funds received by the Archdiocese “were used only… to continue paying employees their salaries and benefits. Not a penny of that money has been used in any way to settle lawsuits or pay victim-survivors of abuse. We no longer have that money. Everything must be [sic] distributed to our workers, and the government is checking it carefully.